July 27, 2007
Charlottesville Police make two arrests for a recent assault in the city. They hope it's a break in the string of attacks throughout the city in the last few months.
For police it started as a call for a disorder near Grove and 10th Street South West around 7:30 Thursday night.
We spoke to the man who says he called it in. "I was walking back up Grove street and saw a gang it looked like 10 or 12 young kids fighting yelling and screaming really loud and tussling in the street, pretty violent," he says.
Then police got a call from a man who said he was assaulted after the group through a rock at his vehicle.
The victim was a 34-year-old man from Charlottesville. He gave police descriptions of the suspects who attacked him, leading police to the arrest of one 15-year-old boy from Charlottesville.
Detectives continued to investigate which led to the arrest of another 15-year-old from Lake Monticello. Both teens were charged with malicious wounding.
Police credit quick action by witnesses and the victim for the arrests.
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo says, "This is a classic example of how citizen cooperation and participation can lead to the successful conclusion of a case."
Police hope these arrests get the ball rolling and the random attacks in the city will come to an end.
"We have every reason to believe they may be connected to some of these other assaults specifically what that connection is I don't want to get in to," Chief Longo says.
Chief Longo adds, " let me make a more specific comment and that is to those who may be involved in this investigation as a suspect or someone who may be involved in this type of behavior in our community, you're going to get caught."
Chief Longo says he has every reason to believe the two arrested are associated with a gang, but they are not sure yet whether the assault last night had anything to do with gang activity.
The victim of Thursday night's assault was taken to the UVa Medical Center, treated and released.
Since May, several people have been attacked around the area. No one has been seriously injured.
The most recent attacks came last weekend, when three people were assaulted. Police are investigating whether the 15-year-old suspects are connected to the random attacks around the area.